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Leadership

Meet the Team

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MIKE SMYLIE, Executive Director

Mike is the interim Executive Director at Gilead House.  Prior to retiring in 2015, Mike was a Principal Partner and a member of the Senior Partner Group at ERM, the world’s largest privately-owned sustainability consultancy.  Mike was also chairman of ERM’s U.S. Low Carbon Enterprise Fund (LCEF), an organization that employs an impact investment model to provide financial, technical, and professional support for low carbon entrepreneurs in the developing world.

 

In addition to his role at Gilead House, Mike volunteers in the education and development departments at The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC), the world’s largest marine mammal rehabilitation and research center. He serves on the Board of Directors at The Marine Mammal Center, and previously co-chaired the Center’s Volunteer Council and Environmental Sustainability Committee.

 

Since 1990, Mike has been a member of St. Isabella Catholic Church and has served as chair of the parish’s Pastoral Council and as President of the St. Isabella School Board. Mike is also a past member of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Board of Education.

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BELLA FRANZI, Operations Manager

Bella Franzi is the Operations Manager of Gilead House. Bella was born and raised in Santa Cruz - Bolivia. She pursued her accounting license at the Private University of Santa Cruz de La Sierra, and then continued to advance her communications and license through classes at the University of Alicante in Spain. Her passion for traveling, exploring new cultures and environments strived her to live in multiple countries around the world. Settling her roots in California, she achieved over 10 years of management experience alongside many connections.
 

Bella and her husband enjoy watching their older son play Water Polo and with the new edition to the family, they also enjoy viewing their baby boy grows up. She loves outdoor sports and hiking with her dog, something that she hopes to continue doing once her baby gets older.


Through her experience and worth ethic, Bella looks forward to applying her knowledge and support towards the families at Gilead House.

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CARLY HOJ, Development Manager

Carly Hoj has been part of the Gilead House family for nearly 15 years when she started babysitting GH kids in Highschool. It was her love for Gilead House that inspired her to get her degree in Sociology in the hopes that she could leverage her skills to serve the under served in Marin County. Many years later, in 2017, Carly returned to Gilead House in an administrative support position that eventually evolved to the Development Manager position that she now holds. As part of Development team, Carly works diligently to further donor support, volunteer engagement, and engage in local church partnerships.

On the weekends, Carly can often be found hiking, enjoying the beach, and serving as a worship leader at Marin Covenant Church.

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DARLENE FLORES, Case Manager

Darlene Flores is the Case Manager at Gilead House. She was born and raised in the Bay Area to parents from El Salvador and Honduras and attended San Rafael City Schools. In May 2020, she received her B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley and is the first in her family to attend and graduate from college. During her time at Cal she was a member of Camp Kesem, a support program for children impacted by a guardian’s cancer, and the UC Rally Committee. Prior to coming to Gilead House, Darlene has spent nearly 10 years working with children and their families in various capacities from leading youth groups at St. Raphael’s Church to babysitting and being a camp counselor.

 

In her free time, Darlene enjoys traveling, hiking, crafting, and spending time with her family. She is also a big Disney fan; you can occasionally catch her singing along to a Disney musical or getting ready for a trip to Disneyland. In the fall you can find her cheering on the Cal Football team and showing off her Cal spirit. 

Board of Directors

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TRACY HOFFMAN, President

Tracy brings over 35 years of expertise from the pharma/biotechnology sector drawing expertise from roles in global project management & drug development, marketing, and leadership development.  In addition to Gilead House, Tracy is actively engaged with Guide Dogs for the Blind for which she socializes puppies and alongside her husband, David Grubb Jr., and their four daughters, are custodial parents for breeder Golden Retriever, Alfred.  Her journey toward nonprofit work was inspired by her passion to engage and build sustainable corporate, foundation, and individual partnerships essential in a thriving community with opportunities for all. 

 

In her spare time, Tracy studies healing harp in San Francisco and cheering on her beloved Patriots and Red Sox.

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MICHELE PARSLEY, Vice President and Chair of the Governance Committee

Michelle is a Marin County native who is a business owner, volunteers in the community, and has a heart for the moms and kids of Gilead House. Youth ministry has been a passion for Michelle for over 25 years leading her in her college studies to North Park College in Chicago and getting a Master’s in Youth and Family Ministry from Denver Seminary. She furthered her studies and earned a Master’s of Education at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Since returning to Marin, Michelle has remained involved in youth ministry, the local church community, and growing two small businesses. You can often find Michelle in the kitchen exploring her passion for food, cooking, and sharing a meal with family and friends. Enjoying time with her 3 nieces is always a highlight in Michelle’s week. As a former Family Advocate for Gilead House, Michelle brings a unique perspective to the board and shares her passion for moms and kids to find the Hope that changes lives at Gilead House.

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MIKE SMYLIE, Treasurer

Mike has worked as an environmental consultant for over 40 years.  After retiring, Mike committed himself to community service and volunteer activities. Mike volunteers at The Marine Mammal Center, the world’s largest marine mammal rehabilitation and research center.  He also helps coach the boys' basketball team at Hamilton Middle School.  In addition, Mike has served as the president and board chair of San Francisco Nature Education, which provides interactive environmental education programs that develop leadership and stewardship in underprivileged youth in San Francisco.  

 

Mike and his wife Beth have lived in Marin County for almost 35 years.

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KEELEY HOGAN, Secretary

Keeley is a professional singer/songwriter, musician, and teacher as well as a proud Novato native. Before returning home ten years ago, she lived in Nashville and Los Angeles, where she attended Vanderbilt University and Musician’s Institute and released several independent records. Some highlights include performing at the Shoreline Amphitheater with the Zac Brown Band and seeing her original songs reach over 14 million listens on Spotify.  

 

Keeley is owner/operator of 101 North Music and teaches piano and guitar out of her studio space in downtown Novato. She also volunteers as a coordinator for Children of Strength, a non-profit that empowers orphans living in Kenya, and is an active board member for the Rossi Family Foundation.  She is a member of the worship team at Hillside Church in Corte Madera and spends her days raising two beautiful kids, Henry (2.5) and Mary Lou (5 months), with her sweet husband Jeremy.

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BETTY LEE

Betty lives in Marin County and is a working Mom with a daughter in elementary school. Professionally she is a Managing Director for Principal Financial Group®

Betty grew up in Sacramento and matriculated at UC Berkeley where she was a leader in Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. After graduating she continued to serve her alma mater as a board member of the California Alumni Association. She belongs to several organizations that support the growth of women in business and volunteerism in the community. When not working she enjoys all that Marin County has to offer including live performances, easy access to skiing, great schools and a sense of community.

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MIKE SHALICH

Mike was born in Marin County as the youngest of 8 children in 9 1/2 years.  He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Marin Catholic High School. He graduated from Chico State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and started working with two of his brothers in construction where he still works today.  The company’s name is Schalich Brothers Construction Inc. Mike married his high school sweetheart, Grace Barry, and has three wonderful children, Marion (Mimi) 30 years old, Austin 28 years old, and James 26 years old.  As his children grew, he volunteered his time coaching each of them in various sports. Sometimes he had three teams during the same season.  It was some of his most memorable times. During those years, he found time to be on the St. Isabella Parent Board and helped build the Baseball and Soccer Fields at St. Isabella’s. He also helped the Facilities Manager and continues to do so today on various projects for the church and school.  As his children attended High School and College, he focused on spending time working with Habitat for Humanity. Mike feels it has been a great way to give back to the community and get to know the people that will be living in the neighborhood.

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ASHLEY DROEGE

An Arizona Native, Ashley moved to the Bay Area in 2015 with her family, and eventually settled in Marin County. Ashley worked in technology program management for 15 years before leaving the workforce recently to focus more on her young family and work in the community. She was drawn to the mission of Gilead House immediately, and feels the opportunities for changing and enhancing the lives of women and children through its programs are boundless. 

 

Ashley is an avid yogi, loves to cook, and explore parks, beaches, and nature throughout Marin with her husband and two extremely fun and energetic young kids. In addition to her work with Gilead House, Ashley is involved in programs that focus on getting kids outside, and exploring ways to enhance outdoor play spaces in underserved areas of Marin. 

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DEBI NGUYEN

Debi comes to our board as the newest member, responsible for the latest Gilead House website redesign. She has been in the marketing field for over 20 years with experience ranging from Fortune 500 to Tech startups. Today, she leads Dandelion Design, a full-service marketing + social media consulting firm, serving clients in a variety of industries. Debi is passionate about ending modern-day slavery and reform in the criminal justice system. Nothing lights her up more than giving a voice to those without one and bringing joy where her God-given talents are needed.

 

Debi has lived in the Bay Area her entire life so she tries to travel as often as possible to feel more connected with different cuisines and cultures. She strives to love 'everybody, always' - no matter how different or difficult they are. Oh, and her dream dinner guest would be Bob Goff of course. In her free time (pre-COVID), you can find Debi competitive eating at one of the four restaurants she co-owns, at a comedy club or binge-watching true crime docuseries. 

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